Good Afternoon, Dear Readers!
I’m a little off the ball today with the whole Sunday Morning post… so here’s why. I was out last night with eight of my nearest and dearest (that includes my husband) for a friend’s birthday. Dinner at a place none of us had been to, Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery, and then off to Comedy Club on State for a show (and drinks… many drinks).
I’ll back up here for a moment to say that on Friday morning I had a much-needed Chiropractic appointment where I anticipated a large adjustment of my neck/upper back/shoulders. I was not wrong with my prediction. Crunchy. The adjustment was enough to make my eyes water. I’ve been popping NSAIDs like nobodies business since 8 AM Friday. Okay… maybe not like nobodies business per se, as I don’t exceed the recommended doseage. ANYHOO. After DH and I got back home last night, I was feeling a might sore and I took two Tylenol PMs before bed. I just couldn’t seem to drag myself out of bed at a reasonable time today since I was still so sleepy. And there is my reason.
NOW, the exciting stuff. Eh, nothing terribly exciting honestly. I’m currently laid off until further notice because construction is so slow right now and there really isn’t anything for me to do at the office. At least I qualify for Unemployment Insurance, so the bank account will enjoy those deposits once they begin.
Most of our snow melted in the past week because we had such unseasonably warm temperatures, but today temps are back into the “normal” range – so I hope it stays that way for a couple more months. Last year in March, we heated up to 80+ degrees for a week or so and our fruit trees all flowered, the bumble bees came out of hibernation and then we had a major freeze. Not good for fruit trees or bumble bees. To paraphrase a quote from Neil deGrasse Tyson in his book, “Death by Black Hole and other Cosmic Quandries“, we can’t keep twisting the knobs on the environment like it’s an etch-a-sketch, thinking we can give it a shake to reset it – it doesn’t work that way. The whole of last week sounded and smelled like late March. Way too early for that kind of weather and temperature.
I’ve been puttering around the house for most of the week, cleaning, trying to force myself out of the “why do today what I can do tomorrow” mentality. Oh, you thought I didn’t procrastinate? Oh how wrong you were. I’m really horrible about that pushing things off until later business. I’m trying to do better. I had a push from my friend Michael over at Strange Trip Times when he sent me an article he thought I’d find helpful. Of course, I asked him just what, exactly, was he trying to tell me. And we both laughed because he knows procrastination, too. His own admission.
Now, for the rest of the week… I got to talk to some friends on Skype this week, one of them stationed in Kuwait. I finished the book “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert, began reading “A Short History of Wisconsin” by Erika Janik, and also started reading Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities“. I’ve been busy with the books.
I did some baking, took pictures and will type up a blog post for what I made. I ran errands and used my saved up allowance and Christmas money to get myself a pair of Converse sneakers, a travel bag and some clothes that I’d been looking at online for a few weeks. The Converse sneakers I’ve been looking at since October or November last year. I really wanted them.
I also restarted 5k training for a run/walk program. I think this is my fourth attempt, the previous times being sidelined by everything from heart troubles to joint/back injuries. As I tell people, live hard, play harder. However, that whole “play harder” DOES catch up with a person… So, fingers crossed that I will FINALLY get to complete a 5K this year. On the days where I don’t run, I’ve been walking or doing a Kettlenetics kettlebell routine. Throw in strength training 6 days a week… and, hey – don’t look at me like that. I need to occupy myself in some form… that whole “idle hands” business. Besides – my arms are starting to look more satisfactory if I DO say so myself. And… my Sims are getting a lot of play time. Careful or you’ll end up as a character in my computer game!
Today, isn’t so much of a Lazy Sunday, even if it had a late start. DH and I worked out a meal plan for the next week while we had breakfast. We’re trying to do more meal planning as a way to save more money for travels. Later on today, we’ll try and tackle the following weeks meals. Part of the meal planning involves me cooking/baking a bit in advance, so today I’m using two different gluten-free mixes to make muffins. The first is a banana bread mix from Really Great Food that my mother in law gave us. I just pulled those out of the oven and they look (and smell) really good. DH walked in from his burning of the many brush piles and said, “Mmmm Banana-y Cupcakes…. You know what would go great on those?? Rum Buttercream Frosting. Just sayin’.” Maybe… perhaps I’ll mix up a SMALL batch and top a couple of them with the sweet stuff.
The second mix is Bob’s Red Mill’s GF Cinnamon Raisin Bread. I’ll make that into muffins again, as DH and I like the convenience of the single-serving muffin form. I can bake up a bunch of them, pop them into the freezer once they’re cooled off and then we can pull them out as needed. Nice and simple. My muffin pans are going to be getting a lot more mileage.
And on that note have a wonderful Sunday!